The Effects of Porn on the Entertainment Industry

When you think of the entertainment industry what do you think of? Thoughts of fame, technology, talent, and mass media. Its the fun part of life. It gives us all something to look forward to every day. The feeling that after a long day at work, you know you can go home, kick up your feet, and watch TV or listen to your favorite music.What I am trying to say is that not one person dislikes entertainment and there is one thing that we can all say we do not dislike as well.. sex. Yes, I am talking about the porn industry and where it stands in the entertainment industry. Many people do not know that it actually makes up a lot more than famous household names like iPods and such. To get a better understanding of this you have to go back to the roots of porn.

To see where porn stands in the entertainment industry we have to know a little bit about the history of porn. Pornographic film production started right after the invention of the motion picture in 1895.Albert Kirchner directed the earliest surviving pornographic film named “Le Coucher de la Marie” which showed Louise Willy (a French actress at the time) performing a striptease.In the 1940s amateur porn was sold underground worldwide and watched in “member only” cinema clubs.Porn used to be illegal in most countries until Denmark legalized it in 1969.

Ever since it became legalized in the United Stated, porn has been a big part of the entertainment industry. In 2006 Worldwide Pornography Revenues soared to $97.06 billion which is larger than Microsoft, Netflix, Google, Ebay, and many other household names. The porn industry is the biggest in the entertainment industry and the most controversial. That means that your average porn star could easily be making millions of dollars a year and some even richer than famous celebrities that we all know. Some porn stars have become huge celebrities as well, like Kendra Wilkinson Kim Kardashian and Jenna Jameson. Kendra Wilkinson’s sextape “Kendra Wilkinson Exposed” made her more of a sex symbol and did not even hamper her status as an already famous celebrity. Jenna Jameson and Kim Kardashian get invited to the Grammys and they are making sex doll replicas and moldings of their private parts. I think you get the point, but what I am trying to say is that the industry is huge. Of course with a major industry comes controversy, there will always be opposition, Feminist groups and religious groups alike, are in an every day battle against its use. Feminine Groups think that it is demeaning and humiliating to women because of the explicit scenes that are shown in the videos. Religious groups believe that god created human beings and created sexual intercourse strictly for marriage. In my opinion I would say to the feminist groups, that these women are choosing to do porn and who are they to say what a person should do. My answer to religious groups is that they are always as well trying to tell people what to do and should let people choose to be religious. After all many immigrants came to America seeking freedom from their countries harsh regulations.

You might think that the porn industry is only about magazines, videos, and pictures, but that could not be further from the truth. Porn has now spread to several other forms of media since the turn of the century. Including post cards, books, video games, sound recording, sculpture, painting, and even animation. Yes, I said animation. Ever since huge animated hits like Avatar, or Toy Story, porn has taken the same direction. There is even a niche category now called hentai made by the Japanese. It consists of animated, cartoon-like characters that engage in sexual intercourse. Also a movie in Japan is due out in 2011 called “3D sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”.

I conclude that the porn industry can be used as an alternative for safe sex. Some porn might be a little too hardcore sometimes, but it’s our right as a free country to be able to do what we want. After all, were all just pursuing what makes us happy and if porn’s what you want to see then you should be able to see it.

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